Bjorn Drives A Tesla Model S P85 On The German Autobahn – Video


A Tesla Model S 85 kWh Performance on an open highway with no speed limit…

"Raw unedited video from our first day on German autobahn with unrestricted speeds."

“Raw unedited video from our first day on German autobahn with unrestricted speeds.”

As soon as Bjorn Nyland unleashes his Tesla Model S P85 on the German Autobahn, he is astounded by how quickly it accelerates.

As you likely already know, portions of the Autobahn highway in Germany have no speed limit, so with a car such as the Model S, why not take advantage of the opportunity to max it out.

Bjorn stated that the noise level was very low at a higher speed. That’s mainly because of quality of construction of the Autobahn.

You will see in the video above that the Model S accelerates quickly, smoothly, and quietly to its top speed.

Have you driven the Model S at top speed on the Autobahn?  How’s its performance?  Is that Autobahn tune free upgrade available from Tesla yet?

Per a Tesla press release from October 2013:

“Model S was built to be the best car in any country in the world, and in Germany this requires the highest caliber performance on the Autobahn. So Tesla’s third announcement is that there will be free optional high speed tuning for Model S in Germany to optimize it for driving on the Autobahn. This custom tuning will be available to all customers in Germany, including retrofitting Model S that have already been delivered and are on the road.”

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16 responses to "Bjorn Drives A Tesla Model S P85 On The German Autobahn – Video"
  1. Foo says:

    YaaaaAAA.. das gut.

  2. GeorgeS says:

    180 kph is only 112 MPH.
    My Yamaha fjr 1300 will easily hit 140 MPH and it’s still pulling hard.

    1. Max says:

      Your FJR1300 doesn’t have full torque at 0 RPM, is no where _near_ as safe and runs off dinosaur juice.

      The days of the antiquated, gas-spluttering internal combustion engine are numbered. The sooner the better.

      1. Rob Stark says:

        Crotch rockets’ secondary purpose is to make hearts,lungs,livers,and kidneys available for transplant.

        1. Foo says:

          Well… as long as they aren’t too scratched up.

        2. Max says:

          Sad but true. A good friend recently lost his brother to a crotch rocket. RIP 🙁

  3. pjwood says:

    I think realistically, among other like priced sedans, the Tesla becomes a target on the Autobahn. No big deal. Driving that fast in a straight line is pretty uneventful.

  4. FFY says:

    Many people routinely drive 180km/h or more for long distances in Germany. Nothing special. A big problem for the Tesla is that driving like that will drastically reduce the range (drag force is proportional to the square of the speed).

    1. Jouni Valkonen says:

      Tesla still has about 200 km range at 180 km/h, so it should be good for quite many situtations. For longer distances, you cannot read the morning newspaper in breakfast table, but you need to read the newspaper at supercharging station while having lunch.

      I think that this is acceptable trade-off, because supercharging will be free for ever. It will be literalily free as Tesla can finance the maintenance of supercharging network, because free supercharging network increases the Tesla sales. Increased Tesla sales means better interest rates for invested capital. Therefore superchaging network is free in a strong sense and it is not financed due to higher price of Model S. Actually the price of Tesla cars will be lower with free supercharging services than without! This logic more or less proves that there are indeed free or negatively priced lunches in economics.

      1. Jouni Valkonen says:

        And if you did not understand what I said above, here is the clarification:

        “Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it … he who doesn’t … pays it.”
        ― Albert Einstein

        And if you still do not understand it, you belong to the latter group!

        Also those who drive Toyota cars will finance Tesla’s supercharging network, because Tesla sales are away from Lexus sales as Toyota missed the electric car bandwagon. And hence the invested capital into Lexus factories produces lower interest rates. And therefor Lexus needs to ask higher price of their cars in order to maintain acceptable gross margins.

  5. ffbj says:

    Sustained high speed is certainly not the forte of ev’s. One small minus within a plethora of pluses. Personally, as a professional driver I felt 65 mph was nice top speed, in good conditions. Most drivers should not even be going that fast. Numerous horrific accidents on the autobahn are testament enough to the lunacy of allowing high speed driving. Somewhat redundant since all accidents on the autobahn are horrific.

    1. FFY says:

      Actually, the fatality rate on the Autobahn is quite a bit lower than on motorways in the US (and some other countries with low speed limits):

      What makes it work is primarily that it is strictly forbidden to pass on the right, which makes the speed differential managable. Other factors include the well-maintained road surfaces and the long (and expensive) training that is required to obtain the German Fuehrerschein (driver license).

  6. GuyMan says:

    Yea – IMHO, 180 wasn’t all that notable in Germany, I routinely drive there, and often hit 150 km/h in a rental Opel or low end VW – To be honest, after driving at that speed for a bit, it’s really doesn’t seem all that fast. I’d had occasion once to drive a friends higher end BMW, and the top end was around 220 km/h – That DID seem noticeably faster, especially considering other traffic.

    So top end of 184 in a MS? – It’s going to get passed by an awful lot of Mercedes, BMW and Porsche… I would hope there is a bit more at the top end (different gearbox ratio?)

    Also notable, is that LOTS (most?) of the Autobahn DOES have speed limits, pretty much any section with a number of curves, hills, or near a town – Limits of 80 to 120 are fairly common. Speed limits jumping up and down are quite common. The surprising bit, is that these limits are pretty seriously obeyed (unlike the US with a 5-10mph “allowance” on the high end), and Germany is big on speed camera’s pretty much everywhere – And speaking from experience, they will (eventually) hunt you down to the rental car agency and pass the fine on to you.

  7. TRex says:

    I have no problems driving 211 kmh on the (German)Autobahn with my Model S. Accelerating to this speed shows that the Model S could drive faster!
    Only downside is that it is getting loud (wind) and you can see how the battery gets drained.

    1. Jouni Valkonen says:

      It is probable that if Model S would go much faster, lets say 250 km/h that is the top limited cruising speed of competing German cars, it might be that Tesla would need to add two shift gear box and this would increase the cost.

      When AWD Tesla comes, it is probable that due to higher torque of twin electric motor, it is possible to change the reduction gear as such that it allows higher top speed without compromising the acceleration at lower speeds.

      Of course this does not help with the battery draining problem. But I guess that Tesla is planning bigger 115 kWh battery for Model S.

  8. ClarksonCote says:

    Don’t some states in the Western US have no speed either, but instead some sort of emissions fine for exceeding some speed? Seems like a Model S would be off the hook for that 😉